Vance Joy Gushes About Opening for Taylor Swift: 'I Love Those Fans'
By Denny Directo
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Australian singer Vance Joy is making quite the splash stateside.
The 28-year-old singer-songwriter is still riding the success of his breakthrough single, "Riptide," which earned him his first-ever MTV VMA nomination on Tuesday for MTV Artist to Watch.
One artist who definitely took notice early-on of Vance is Taylor Swift, who shot a stunning cover of "Riptide" just before announcing he'd be the main supporting act on the North American leg of her 1989 World Tour -- a gig that has the relative newcomer performing for tens of thousands of Taylor's hardcore fans.
"It's great-- I love those fans," Vance told ETonline. "They are really great people and I think they're also just enthusiastic and ready to have fun. And if you provide that and communicate with them and they're ready to go."
"She's the queen of, like, managing that crowd," he added. "They are so enthusiastic and she kind of communicates with them so effectively."
In addition to joining one of the biggest tour acts on the road this year, Vance's latest single, "Great Summer," is also featured on the new soundtrack for Paper Towns. The movie, an adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel of the same name, stars Cara Delevigne and Nat Wolff and hits theaters Friday.
"It's a song that I wrote a few years ago and a song that I really like-- a happy song," he said. "There's a kind of longing and a kind of innocence to the song that I think works well with the message of the film."
As for whether he's already working on a follow-up to his 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away, Vance revealed he's "chipping away at new songs."
"You're always thinking about the next thing," he said. "There's always that thought in your mind as to what's coming next and I'll do anything for a song. It's the most important thing for me."